Alpha Sigma Phi was founded at Yale University on December 6, 1845 on the grounds of high literary purpose.
To Better the Man through the creation and perpetuation of brotherhood, founded through our five values of character:
- Silence - the strength to embrace silence and the will to build an interior life founded upon an honest desire to truly listen to others
- Charity - to be charitable in the broadest sense of the world. A man who strives for a life of charity and service is more patient, kind, and forgiving of the flaws of others.
- Purity - to consistently strive for purity of mind, body, and soul. The man who is pure of thought, word, and deed does not shrink from adversity or large goals.
- Honor - to live a life of personal integrity. An honorable man lives up to promises made to others and himself.
- Patriotism - to love your country, remaining consistently engaged in its affairs. A patriotic man is devoted to the principles of personal freedom, justice, and civic responsibility.
Seven members of the Comedy Club at the University of Pennsylvania submitted a petition for a charter from Alpha Sigma Phi in 1914. The charter members were initiated at New Haven on May 14, 1914, and the chapter was installed on May 16, 1914. In 1920 the chapter house was located at 3617 Locust Street. The chapter was located at 3903 Spruce Street from the early 1920's to 1969. From 1969 to 1972, the chapter was located at 116 S. 40th Street, and from 1972 to 1978 at 3824 Spruce Street. The chapter closed in 1978, having initiated 832 members.
The Omicron chapter was revived in the spring of 2013 and officially rechartered in the spring of 2015. We grew from a group of seven, loosely affiliated men into a brotherhood that is now thirty-plus strong. We have a functioning student-led leadership, a strong fraternity culture that fosters individual growth and development, and an engaging, stalwart commitment to better our community through selfless action.
We are always seeking ways to improve and provide a truly superior and unprecedented fraternity experience for our undergraduate years and beyond. We are a welcoming and diverse group, feel free to reach out to any of our brothers as you see them around campus.
"Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope."
- Reinhold Niebuhr, Yale University 1913